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Junior Achievement Partners with National African American Insurance Association to Bring Economic Education to Hartford Students

Hartford, CT – (April 2018) – Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. (JA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Greater Hartford Chapter of the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA).


Ngozi Nnaji, Owner of Ako Brokerage Services, LLC and NAAIA’s Greater Hartford Chapter President along with her Board helped organize the April 6th “JA in a Day” program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Global Communications Academy in Hartford. Using the JA curriculum, which focuses on empowering young students to own their future economic success, volunteers spent a half-day with students teaching them the basics of entrepreneurship, career readiness, and financial literacy.


“The ‘JA in a Day’ event was more than just an opportunity for NAAIA Members and Friends to give back to our local community. It was the perfect opportunity to see our mission and values at work,” Ngozi states proudly.  “NAAIA prides itself on doing its part to diversify our insurance industry.  And what better way to ensure that the future of the industry embodies that same value than to expose young students with a variety of diverse backgrounds about insurance not only as a profession, but also its importance in our society as it relates to personal, business and governmental finance.”


The group from NAAIA, which includes employees from numerous insurance-related companies/organizations in the region, worked side by side with teachers in 12 classrooms, reaching over 150 students.


“We are thrilled to partner with NAAIA in Hartford,” said Jeremy Race, President and CEO of JA of Southwest New England. “It’s important for young people to understand the basics of economics and equally important for them to be exposed to various careers.  A recent JA USA survey found that 1 in 5 JA alumni choose the same career as their JA volunteer.  So how meaningful that in a city like Hartford, the Insurance Capital of the World, that we (JA and NAAIA) may have played a small part in the future economic development of the region.”


Interestingly, Jeremy Race reached out to Ngozi after he read a newspaper article highlighting the launch of NAAIA in Hartford.  Said Jeremy, “It just seemed like such a natural fit for our organizations to work together in the community.  I’m so glad that Ngozi returned my call.”

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Locally in Connecticut, JA of Southwest New England serves more than 44,000 students annually.  To find out how you can help change the lives of young people in Connecticut, please contact Jeremy Race, President & CEO, at or 860-525-4510.


About NAAIA:

The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was organized to create a network among minorities who are employed by insurance-related companies/organizations or self-employed in the insurance industry. The organization was founded by Jerald L.Tillman, LUTCF, in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Today with 16 chapters across the United States, including the Greater Hartford Chapter, the association is dedicated to empowering African-American insurance professionals in the industry as well as increasing their representation nationwide.  The Greater Hartford Chapter which was chartered in November 2017 has 30 members on a rolling basis; however, provides programing to a network of over 100 insurance professionals.  To find out more about NAAIA on a national basis, please visit the association’s website at  To become a member and get more involved on a local level, please contact Ngozi Nnaji, MS, President, at or 214.770.4270.  The Greater Hartford Chapter of NAAIA is also on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.



For More Information Contact:

Jeremy Race

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc.

860-525-4510 x224